Showing posts with label Sil 0680. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sil 0680. Show all posts

5/8/12

Sunsway/ST Lab PCI ATA133 2P SATA-PATA cards

Updated:  May 10th 2012

This is a PCI card that basically has two IDE ports. You can upgrade the BIOS on the card and get a Medley RAID controller feature, which will give you RAID modes 0,1 and 10.



While I was experimenting with some faulty hardware, power to one of the 4 disks in the RAID must have failed, and while the disk was not missing from the Set, per se, something had happened to it.

And lo and behold, their driver software delivers (Silicon Image Software). It rebuilt two disks that had problems. While the rebuild took place, Windows complained about a faulty hard disk presemt.

Various stages during RAID rebuild

Various stages during RAID rebuild

Good drivers !

4/9/12

Old gaming rig rebuilt to RAID diskmonster!

So this is my main diskmonster rig:



  •  MSI K9A2+ Mobo
  • 460W PSU at the moment
  • 4 Gb Kingston HyperX 1066
  • Phenom II X4 960T
  • GeForce 8800GT
  • 2x SiL SATAPATA cards ( 320GB RAID 10,  120GB RAID 1, 640GB RAID 0)
  • 1x WD 250GB IDE drive
  • 1x Maxtor 40GB IDE for booting (Gonna move the user dirs soon, only 19 gigs free here!)
  • Gbit ethernet
  • 1TB IoMega USB external drive
  • 2TB WD USB external drive
  • About as many fans as I could fit in there.
  • A total of 10 disks!

Notes about the PCI SiL0680 SATAPATA cards: These needs to be flashed with a downloadable BIOS to enable RAID modes. This is originally just a quad channel IDE controller. But with the flashing, you get RAID modes 0,1 and 10. This is one of those 'Medley' RAID cards and it seems they are even bootable but i can't confirm that yet.

Also the gfx card in the picture is not the 8800, it's out for de-dusting. That card is just an old 64MB PCIe2.0 Nvidia card i had lying around.

The rig in it's current state draws about 180 Watts of power.